Inside the world of Elizabeth II.
Throughout history, there has been no Monarch like her. She is not merely the oldest Sovereign England has ever known. She is the most worldly. She has travelled further than all her predecessors put together. She has met more historic figures than anyone alive -- from Churchill to Mandela, de Gaulle, Reagan and Obama. And today, Queen Elizabeth II is no more contemplating retirement than she was when she came to the throne in 1952. She sits at the head of a hereditary institution so often associated with rigid tradition. And yet, it is more dynamic now than ever.
Having inherited a quasi-Edwardian insitution nearly 600 years ago, the Queen presides over a Monarchy which has managed to remain, simultaneously, popular, regal, inclusive and relevant in a 21st Century world. She has done this so effectively that she is, beyond doubt, the most respected and popular figure in British public life.
As she reaches a defining moment of her reign -- her Diamond Jubliee -- Robert Hardman explores the secrets of the Queen's success to produce a fascinating new portrait of a Sovereign who has witnessed more change than any since the creation of Great Britain.
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ROBERT HARDMAN has been writing about the Monarchy for more than 15 years, first as royal correspondent for The Daily Telegraph and now as the author of the "How I See It" column in the Daily Mail. During a distinguished Fleet Street
career, he has also been, among other things, a political sketchwriter, a diarist, a sports columnist and a restaurant critic. His royal interviews have included Prince Philip, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, the King and Queen of Norway, the Queen of Denmark and the ex-King of Afghanistan. He is the writer and associate producer of the BBC1 series A Year with the Queen, which accompanies this book. He did the same for BBC1's acclaimed 2005 series, The Queen's Castle. Educated at Wellington and Cambridge, he lives in London.
"Simply magnificent. This gripping, fascinating and authoritative tour de force - covering the Queen herself, the power and the celebrity of Britain's royalty with equal panache - gleams with a unique combination of insider anecdotes, deep knowledge, personal experience and superb storytelling by Britain's outstanding royal observer." -- Simon Sebag Montefiore, Author Of Jerusalem "At long last we have the definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II's world today. Robert Hardman knows the true story and tells it superbly." -- Andrew Roberts "As well as the entire senior management of both Buckingham and St James's palaces, Hardman has interviewed David Cameron, the Archbishop of Canterbury, former Prime Ministers, the last four Foreign Secretaries and scores of others, so this book abounds with insights. Yet its real value lies in the sheer quality of the writing and the consistently sound judgement that Hardman brings in teasing out the true character of one of the world's most exemplary human beings." Mail on Sunday "Hardman knows his subject intimately and has used enviable access to produce a richly detailed and thoughtful account" Telegraph "Hardman is the best chronicler of the monarchy writing in the British press today, superbly well informed, witty and wise." Evening Standard
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